In today’s audio clip, the members of St. Elmo’s Fire are promoting the second performance of their rock ballet Caliban by the Houston Ballet at Jones Hall.
Early on in the KTRU project, it became clear that the DJs loved Wheatfield aka St. Elmo’s Fire. At this point, we have six recordings of the band, which includes multi-reel concerts and interviews. This is the most for any performer in the collection.
Thus, we decided to contact Wheatfield about what we had. Craig Calvert quickly wrote back and wanted to donate his materials. Today, he graciously came in with a lot of great items, including several scrapbooks lovingly assembled by his mother, concert recordings, and posters.
Throughout the KTRU digitization project, we’ve amassed a large amount of live folk and Americana music from the radio show, “Arbuckle Flat.” We’re planning on tracking down more of those musicians. If you have any connections to this wonderful 1970s scene in Houston, please let us know.
News clipping image above from The Rice Thresher, February 7, 1977